With only two and a half minutes left on the clock, and the Saints having spent all of their timeouts, who would have thought the Saints would have any kind of chance in the final seconds?
Fortunately, after recovering an onside kick, Marques Colston decided to attempt a downfield pass after catching a pass from Drew Brees. The penalty caused a 10-second runoff and New Orleans didn’t even have an opportunity for one last pass to the end zone.
Russell Wilson didn’t have a great game. He threw for only 103 yards and completed half of his 18 attempts. Then again, they didn’t need him to do much considering the 16-0 halftime lead. With the weather as bad as it was, Seattle opted to play it relatively conservatively.
How bad was the weather in the first half of the game? Brees had only 34 yards passing in the first half. The wind was so strong , Shayne Graham had no chance of making a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Graham missed another one earlier in the game as well.
Percy Harvin made his return to the playing field, only to leave at the end of the first half after suffering a concussion. He made a couple great catches and helped set up Lynch’s first touchdown run. After Harvin left the game, Wilson only completed three more passes.
Considering the weather and the lead the Seahawks had, the limited production of the offense doesn’t concern me much. The way the defense is playing, the offense doesn’t need a whole lot of production as it is.
Seattle has shown that when the 49ers have come to town in the past, they haven’t had much of a problem scoring points. San Francisco has been the team with struggles in the points department. If that trend can continue next weekend, the Seahawks will be on their way to the Super Bowl.
On a personal note, I had an amazing time meeting so many of our Military Sea Hawkers at the game up in Section 316. Before the game, I got to spend time in Hawk Alley (Utah St.) with Charissa Thompson and a Fox Sports camera crew.
That piece is scheduled to air before the NFC Championship game. I won’t be in it, but maybe I’ll be in the background somewhere. The important thing is that they knew where Seahawks fans like to party. Unfortunately the rain started coming down before we could make it over to our Military Sea Hawkers tailgate area.
Looking forward to another great game this coming weekend. Unfortunately, you can expect another delayed recap, but now that we’re in the playoffs I’m sure you’re all catching the games firsthand or hearing news from friends and family.